Running needn't be a solitary sport, and for the East Bay Front Runners it's a veritable social occasion. Camaraderie and friendship take first billing at the group's weekly runs, with fitness a close second and competition a non-issue. The club formed in 1984 to serve the entire LGBT community and is also open to friends, family, and supporters. The group meets at a different East Bay marina or waterfront each week and then proceeds to a nearby eatery for a group brunch. Guests and non-members welcome. Visit EastBayFrontRunners.org for weekly locations.free
From pins and patches to cell-phone covers and low-riders, we're all involved in the ritual of imparting our barrage of mass-produced stuff with that certain je ne sais quoi of individual identify. And "we/customize," the new participatory exhibit at the Oakland Museum of California (1000 Oak St., Oakland), is inspired by just that spirit of personal expression. From Friday through Sunday, Jan. 4-6, join makers, hackers, and DIYers at the museum to make clothes, hack toys, remix music, and more. 1-4 p.m., free with museum admission. 510-318-8400 or MuseumCA.org$1
Restorative justice programs may offer the best new hope for reducing violence in Oakland schools and the city overall, but their future funding is uncertain.